Gibside can build on a personal best over CD last time
Back Gibside @ 7/2 in the 16:10 at Beverley
Dark Kris looked rather irresolute yesterday for the column, and he'll be scratched off the list now - other than a laying one. Personally I cannot wait for York to start this week with the Dante meeting, so hopefully we can strike with a double ahead of the Knavesmire curtain-raiser.
I've been banging the Tim Easterby drum a fair bit of late, and while he can be a bit streaky, Gibside is worth a go for the 1m2f Handicap.
It's been a fairly low-key start to the 3yo's career, with his first four runs somewhat disappointing. However, he produced an excellent second over course and distance last time on decent ground, and that was by far his best effort to date.
The pace was strong, so it's not form to knock, Indeed, on closer inspection it was a cracking effort. The fierce early fractions got a few in trouble in behind, but Gibside managed to lie up in mid-division and never really came off the bridle. He made a decisive move before the turn and had a good lead inside the final furlong-and-a-half. The selection also ran the quickest fifth and sixth furlong, but it was a move too soon, as the winner Appier came from an absolute mile back to get up, and the front two were a long way clear of the third - who also came from further back than Gibside.
It wasn't quite a gold-embossed run, but this isn't a gold-embossed race and if he travels with the same degree of comfort which he did last time, he should go close.
The pick runs off a low weight and could be well treated from 58 given conditions again.
Don't delete Cookies chances for a maiden success at Beverley
Back Cookies And Creme @ 11/4 in the 17:20 at Beverley
We're sticking with Beverley for the final race of the card on the Westwood, hopefully called home by Malcolm Tomlinson. So a nice "lashing home" for Cookies And Creme will do at 11/4.
The thinking here is not only how these Normandie Stud horses are bred to stay well, but the favourite Tamarama looks a weak finisher.
She finished second at Ripon last time out over 1m2f, and while the front two were 6L clear and she probably ran to her form without improving. She held every chance to go through with her effort but it wasn't quite there.
The 3yo had previously finished third in a 0-85 Windsor handicap. That form doesn't look too bad now as the winner has gone in since, and the second was Mystic Wells - who took me a bit by surprise with her run in the Oaks Trial at Lingfield in the weekend just gone. Tamarama did trade short in that in-running at 1.222/9, and had previously been done at Ripon at 1.091/11. If you are looking for a cheap in-play lay, she is your horse.
For Cookies And Creme, I like the fact we get 11/4 on her, as there was plenty to get encouraged by from that first start at Yarmouth over 6f on good to soft ground.
The early part of the pace was quite hot, and she wasn't the quickest away either. But she ran sub 12-seconds in a few of the final furlongs and while the finishing speed was bang on 100%, she did meet some trouble too in the run to give her a bit of an upgrade. Clitheroe was in that race and was turned over at 4/7, but she has won this season and was rated 96 for her Lingfield novice success.
Stepping up to a stiff 1m being out of Coconut Creme looks ideal, as does the better ground, as Coconut Creme was a good, good to firm ground horse. I really like her chances, especially with Tamarama as the favourite - who is only rated 76 and looks beatable.
May single bet winners
Haizoom 10/1 Win and Placed
Sea Silk Road 8/1 Won
Brotherly Company 17/2 Won
April single bet winners
Coroebus 5/1 Won
Viadelamore 6/1 Won and Placed
Hi Ho Silver 9/1 Placed
Emily Dickinson 11/8 Won
Moonlit Warrior 11/4 Won
Murbih 9/1 Placed
Wanees 5/1 Won
They Don't Know 15/2 Placed
Bay Breeze 8/1 Won
Tranquil Night 7/2 Won
Destiny Is All 15/8 Won R4
Hammersmith 7/2 Placed
Entropy 11/1 Placed
Star Of Lady M 17/2 Won
Boardman 20/1 Placed
Drombeg Banner 6/1 Won
Magic Haze Placed 9/2